Container Editor

This editor lets you create and manage containers. You can also associate user authorizations with container models to specify which groups or users have access to contained items.

In this editor, a tree panel on the left lets you build and navigate the container tree. Click Add Child (or Delete Child) to create (or remove) a node to / from the node you have selected in the tree. Clicking a node in the tree displays the tabbed panel on the right where you can edit it.

The Container Details panel has the following tabs:




Visualizer Display

Click the labels at the top of the screen to access these. Alarm states and severities are recalculated and propagated for containers as they are for Visualize My Network.


This panel has the following fields:

Name -- The container identifier.

Description -- A text description of the container.

Owner -- Select an owner for the container. The owner of a container can also change the ownership of the container

Update View Authorizations -- Clicking the link here automatically includes the creating user in those authorized to view the container. See Authorizations below for more about them.


Container membership defines the inventory items that are in a container. You can select either a Static membership, which cannot change, or a Dynamic one, based on a filter. When Open Manage Network Manager evaluates the filter it adds the resulting items as members in the container.

The sub-tabs at the top of the screen let you edit these types. You can add individual items with the Static tab, or the results of a Dynamic filter with that tab. See Managed Resource Groups for more about the specifics of editing these dynamic groups.

When you add an item or filter to your container, notice that the subsequent screen contains a pick list Select an entity of the following type. The contents of that list can contain several types of managed objects, including Contact, Equipment and Subcomponent, Interface, Location, Managed Equipment, Port, Service, and Vendor. Select the type appropriate for your container.

Click Save to preserve the membership you have configured. If you Group By Entity Type (at the bottom of the screen) rather than None, the list of devices appears in a tree, with each node as an entity type. Click the plus (+) to the left of the entity label to expand the tree.


This tab configures user or role access to the container you are editing. By default, no authorization exists to see a container or its contents, so you must permit specified users and roles to have access before any containers or their contents are visible in Container View.

Click Add User or Add Role to select the users or groups with permission to access the container you are configuring. By default containers are accessible to everyone.

Each entry in the Container Authorizations list specifies the name of the user or role, and whether the entry is inherited or not. A child container by default inherits the authorizations from parent hierarchy, no explicit authorizations for child containers are necessary. Edit any authorizations in the parent.

When editing a child container, click a listed authorized user or role and its permissions appear in the panel at the bottom of this screen.

Clicking Save preserves any alterations you have made. Confirm the container is configured as you like by examining it in a Container View portlet.

Visualizer Display

This tab configures how the container appears in the Visualize My Network portlet.Selected containers’ labels appear in the Visualizer’s title bar. Configure the following display settings in this panel:

Display Container within Graph as -- Select either Node or Group.

Node Icon Type -- This appears if you select Node. Use the pick list to select among the various icon types as is appropriate for your group.

Group Style -- Select either Default (Rectangle Shaded Group) or Cloud (Cloud Background Image). The group is like the Expand Grouped capability described in Configuring Views. The Cloud is a cloud icon like the one you can add to views as described in Design Tools.

Display Container Name within Group -- This appears if you select Group. Check it to display the container name as a label within the group.